Jones and Jol ahead of FA Cup showdown

Last updated : 06 January 2007 By Michael Morris
Dave Jones side have endured a dreadful league run with no win in the last 10 games. This is the cup though so form goes out of the window.

"When you draw any Premiership club in the FA Cup it's a big game," said Jones.

"Hopefully, with the tie being live on TV, it's a good opportunity for the club to show what it is.

"It certainly gives my players - especially the younger ones who have never tasted playing against Premiership footballers - an opportunity to see what we could be week-in and week-out.

"Players like Michael Chopra have had a taste of the Premiership, that's why you bring them here. You want them to have that desire to get back there, so this is a way of seeing how far we've progressed as a football club.

"We did really well against Arsenal last year when we lost 2-1, now we want to make the club proud in front of our own fans."

For Spurs boss Martin Jol he does not expect his players to have a problem with the reception they will receive in South Wales.

"We're not at all worried about the atmosphere at Ninian Park, we're used to big games," said Jol.

"If you play against Arsenal or Chelsea you have to be. There will be a big crowd and an electric atmosphere at Cardiff, but we're used to that.

"We've watched a couple of Cardiff matches so we know what their crowd is like. It is a special crowd."

"I've analysed Cardiff. They played the first 17 games and did ever so well.

"They were top of the league, but, over the last 10 games, they have had their worst spell and not won.

"In a way, we're lucky because Cardiff is not the team they were a couple of months ago.

"That is probably good for us, but it's a one-off game and they've got quality.

"They've shown that, but hopefully they won't show it again. We will do everything we can to prevent them from playing the kind of football they like.

"But I know their team and, if they have everyone available, it will be tough.